Written answers

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Department of Justice and Equality

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Photo of Peter FitzpatrickPeter Fitzpatrick (Louth, Independent)
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157. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the cost to date of all Covid-19-related payments in her Department to individuals and corporate entities; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15409/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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The Department of Justice is making COVID-19 specific funding available to assist organisations working to support victims of crime, including victims of domestic, sexual and gender based abuse, in response to the increased demand for services during the pandemic.

Additional funding of almost €378,000 was provided to organisations for additional services for Victims of Crime and Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence arising out of the COVID crisis.

My Department has secured an additional €400,000 to continue this COVID-19 specific support in 2021, to provide additional resources, support, enforcement and services to key organisations in the area of domestic, sexual and gender based violence.

My Department, An Garda Síochána, the Courts Service, the Legal Aid Board, Tusla and other services, including the vital supports provided by the community and voluntary sector, worked collectively to ensure supports were available to address the likely increased risk to victims of DSGBV during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The ‘Still Here’ campaign, which began in April 2020, sends the message that frontline supports and services continue to be available to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. It also communicates the message that travel restrictions do not apply in the case of domestic violence or to escape a risk of harm, whether to the person or to another person. The cost of the ‘Still Here’ campaign to date is €397,944.36

The 'No Excuses' campaign aims to increase awareness of sexual violence and sexual harassment. In October 2020 new advertisements for the campaign, which were suitable for broadcast during Covid19 restrictions were produced, at a cost of €147,123.90.

The Department incurred additional ICT costs of €812,820.03 to facilitate remote working.

Other COVID-19 related costs incurred by the Department include PPE, hand-sanitising stations and supplies, cleaning services, public office and remote-working assessments, and safety signage and screens. These costs amounted to €303,740.55 as outlined in the table below.

Company
Goods/Services
Total inc VAT
AJ Products Ltd Hand Sanitiser containment €2,533.66
Arup Public Office Assessments €12,177.00
Bunzl PPE €10,771.32
Codex Hygiene Products €31,482.17
Derrycourt Touchpoint cleaning €2,216.37
Doggett COVID Safety Signage and Perspex Screens €40,549.41
Farrells Furniture €29,315.11
Grosvenor Touchpoint Cleaning €37,302.42
Look Sales Ltd PPE €65,926.08
NorthEast Hygiene Hand Sanitiser Stations and Supplies €58,772.27
OPW Perspex Screen €2,349.62
Pelko Home-office chairs €1,468.48
Quadra H+S Consultancy Remote Working Assessments €3,750.00
Snap Covid Safety Signage €460.02
Stacks Creative Covid Safety Signage €2,398.50
Technical Door Solutions Freestanding screen €2,268.12
Grand Total €303,740.55

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